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Po’ Folks: Better Living for Lower Incomes

“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” was a popular television show in the 1990s. But the overwhelming majority of us could relate more readily to “Lifestyles of the Poor and Obscure.” This blog will not make anyone less poor, will not set a debtor on the path to financial solvency, or resolve chronic cash flow problems.

…but it might make you feel a little better about your options. Getting by on less money doesn’t have to be a grim, boring drudge. With some careful reframing, getting by on less can even seem like a lifestyle choice instead of survival.

Most people don’t have as much money as they need. According to the US Census Bureau, 45 million people lived below the poverty line last year (2013). In Southern California, that’s less than $11,490 for a household of one.  $23,550 for a family of four. To illustrate how common this is, 14.5 percent of all Americans are defined as poor, but plenty more just don’t have enough money to cover all their expenses and then have some left.

Po’ Folks isn’t only for people who fall below the poverty line. Just about everyone tries to stretch their dollars a little further, often involuntarily,  so why not do it with style and panache?  Welcome to Po’ Folks. Let’s have an adventure.


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